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DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar series kicks off with focus on ‘Integrated Care’

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — To help key healthcare stakeholders and industry professionals keep up with the latest thinking on how retail health is revolutionizing healthcare delivery in America, Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association will host the Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, a virtual educational forum focused on the future of retail health, which kicks off next month.

The series begins Tuesday, November 3, with Integrated Healthcare presented by Web Golinkin, CEO Rite Aid RediClinic and Health Dialog. Located next to the host pharmacy, a collaborative relationship between pharmacists and clinicians has blossomed, since the first retail clinics burst onto the scene in 2000. Today, with almost 2,000 in operation, the retail clinic has become as integrated into the total store health experience as pharmacies have been for many years. With many retailers redesigning stores to bring an enhanced health focus for the consumer/patient, this session will feature leadership from various retail and clinic organizations and will focus on the integration of healthcare throughout the store. Click here to register.

“Retail health clinics in traditional retail chain drug stores have become a critical boardroom conversation and a key platform to transform traditional brick and mortar retailers into integrated healthcare providers,” said Wayne Bennett, group publisher of Drug Store News.

“This educational platform is unique because the webinars are specifically designed for healthcare leadership and professionals and showcase the value proposition of the retail health industry,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association.

Moderated by Drug Store News editor Rob Eder, the complete series includes: 

  • The Role of Telehealth in Retail Health Care, presented by Tobias Barker, VP, medical operations, MinuteClinic.
  • Harnessing Big Data to Support Quality Improvement, Planning, Population Health Management and Cost Effectiveness, presented by Bob Darin, VP, enterprise analytics, CVS Health.
  • Partnerships in Population Health, presented by Patrick Carroll, MD, medical director for Walgreens Health Care Clinic.
  • Chronic Care and Retail Health, presented by Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, VP, affiliations and patient-centered strategies, The Little Clinic.      
  • Emerging Payment Models, presented by S. Lawrence Kocot, principal and national leader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight, KPMG.

The DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series runs through December, with archived sessions available for one year at DrugStoreNews.com. For the complete webinar schedule, detailed session descriptions and registration information, click here.

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Infographic: Moms go fully mobile

BY Dan Berthiaume

SAN FRANCISCO — Moms are now much more likely than ever to complete a purchase via mobile, rather than simply using their devices to compare prices and find coupons.

According to a new infographic from pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter, in just one year, there has been a 33% increase in moms using their smartphones for making actual purchases. Sixty-four percent of moms say they had completed a purchase via mobile in the last month, in comparison to 48% who said the same in 2014.

In addition, 70% have used their smartphone for shopping while they were inside a physical store, with 48% saying they would purchase items via their device if they could not find them on the racks.

Ease of use is still a factor, with 59% of the survey’s respondents agreeing that it can be difficult to type so much information into their phone to make a purchase. However, four in 10 agree that one-click buying has made them more likely to buy items with their mobile devices.

A separate 2015 survey of mobile moms conducted by BabyCenter also found significant upticks year-over-year in a variety of other shopping-related mobile behaviors undertaken by U.S. moms, including:

  • Visiting a retailer or shopping site: 73% (up 7%).
  • Using mobile coupons: 61% (up 13%).
  • Using a retailer app: 58% (up 14%).
  • Looking up prices online while shopping in a store: 56% (up 14%).
  • Photographing something they are considering buying: 47% (up 14%).

Click on the infographic below for more:

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Walmart aims to ‘greenlight’ America’s veterans

BY Gina Acosta

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is launching a new initiative to help the 250,000 members of the military transitioning back to civilian life in the United States each year.

The program, called Greenlight a Vet, aims to bring recognition to the veterans transitioning back to school, jobs and neighborhoods. Walmart is encouraging everyone to participate by showing their support using a “visible symbol,” saying even though we don't always know who are vets are when they aren't wearing uniforms, we should still show them support.

“The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is proud to be a part of Walmart’s campaign to Greenlight A Vet in support of those who have served in the military and their families,” said Dr. Mike Haynie, executive director of the IVMF and vice chancellor at Syracuse University. “Participating in a national movement, designed to recognize those who have worn our nation’s uniform as valued, contributing members of our communities, is our way of encouraging all Americans to meaningfully engage with veterans and their families and by so doing, appreciate them as respected civic assets.”

Walmart is committed to greenlighting veterans, including hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020 through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. As part of this effort, Walmart proudly greenlighted the company’s 100,000th veteran hire this past month.

While a job is a vital piece of transitioning from military to civilian life for a veteran, it also takes a coordinated, multi-sector effort to create healthy transitions to civilian life. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million in grants to organizations that provide veteran job training, education and community-based collaboration.

As part of this pledge, the Walmart Foundation provided donations to organizations focused specifically on transitioning veterans:

  • A $500,000 grant to Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) to help increase their capacity. Hire Heroes has built a national reputation of excellence for their success at helping unemployed veterans find jobs.
  • A $190,000 grant to Blue Star Families for a tech-train-to-hire project that will train military spouses for high demand and high growth careers in technology. This program speaks to the heart of one of the greatest challenge to military life, which is 58 percent unemployment and underemployment among military families.

“Through continued, collaborative work with our nonprofit partners, we greenlight innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address the navigation challenges many of our veterans face when returning to the civilian workforce and their communities,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. “There is no better tribute to our men and women who serve than recognizing the value of their contributions and fully engaging them in our communities and workforce when they return home.”

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